The Blackwoods Farm Enquiry (Ivy Beasley Series #5)

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Retiree Ivy Beasley, a college student? Interested in penning her memoirs, Ivy decides to take a creative writing course. But it’s hard to find time to put pen to paper when this current chapter is so full of lies, jealousy and murder…
 
Rumors are flying around the village of Barrington about Mrs. Winchen Blatch, a reclusive widow living alone in her old farmhouse. In the past few weeks, the widow claims she has been tormented by ghostly ...

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Overview

Retiree Ivy Beasley, a college student? Interested in penning her memoirs, Ivy decides to take a creative writing course. But it’s hard to find time to put pen to paper when this current chapter is so full of lies, jealousy and murder…
 
Rumors are flying around the village of Barrington about Mrs. Winchen Blatch, a reclusive widow living alone in her old farmhouse. In the past few weeks, the widow claims she has been tormented by ghostly visitations, so she hires Ivy and her fellow investigators at Enquire Within to get to the bottom of the mystery. Ivy’s new classes are very close to the widow’s farmhouse, perfect for combining studying and snooping…
 
With each new clue—a dark chamber, a smoking cigar and an amorous lodger—it becomes harder to separate fact from fiction. And when the ghost is revealed to be flesh and blood, the lonely widow may be in more trouble than Ivy and her team can handle…
 

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Praise for the Ivy Beasley Mysteries
 
“[Ivy] combines Jane Marple’s intelligence with Joan Rivers’s acerbity.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Ivy Beasley is a truly unique character…A delightful, eccentric old darling.”—Fresh Fiction

“[A] delightful English cozy…Ivy is Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher rolled into one, with a little more spice than sugar.” —Debbie’s Book Bag

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425261811
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Ivy Beasley Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 204,675
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Purser is the national bestselling author of the Lois Meade Mysteries (Scandal at Six, Found Guilty at Five, Foul Play at Four) and the Ivy Beasley Mysteries (The Sleeping Salesman Enquiry, The Wild Wood Enquiry, The Measby Murder Enquiry, The Hangman's Row Enquiry). She was born in Market Harborough in Leicestershire, and has lived most of her life in villages. She has turned her hand to many things, including journalism (as a columnist for SHE magazine), keeper of hens and donkeys, art gallery owner, clerical assistant in a village school, Open University graduate, novelist, mother of three, wife of Philip Purser, critic and writer. She is an avid reader of detective stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Leaders den

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    Recommend

    I have enjoyed this series so far, but I did find this book to be a bit drawn out. Aside from that, I still enjoy the characters. It's a good book, just not as exciting as I hoped it would be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Must Read

    Very good and it was so good to read the Enquiry Within was back in full force.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

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    Ann Purser's eccentric cozy heroine, Ivy Beasley is once again c

    Ann Purser's eccentric cozy heroine, Ivy Beasley is once again called in to solve a mystery. The Blackwoods Farm Enquiry is the fifth book in the Ivy Beasley series and involves some ghostly happenings. Ivy Beasley is not your typical cozy heroine, as she is in her golden years, studying for her degree and still solving crimes. Readers who have followed the series love Ivy's caustic wit and her sassy attitude. New readers will find the English setting quaint and irresistible. A great addition to the series!

    What I liked:

    As usual, Ivy is always a breath of fresh air. She is an amateur sleuth like no other. She's in her elder years but I think she or Ann Purser know it. She is still doing all the things much younger people are doing, including going to college and getting married. Ivy is dream character. She is full of wit and sass and isn't afraid to speak her mind. I love her English way of looking at things and I think Purser does an amazing job of letting Ivy be herself and do things her own way. Just an all around wonderful character.

    In the latest addition the series, The Blackwoods Farm Enquiry, Ivy is mixing a bit of snooping in with her studying. The owner of Blackwoods Farm has been experiencing some unexplained things. It appears that ghosts may be afoot and Ivy and her gang from Enquire Within are called in to investigate. But things aren't exactly what they appear and Ivy quickly finds herself in hot water. I liked the paranormal touch that Purser adds to this book. It gives it an eerie sort of feeling to mix with the very English tone of the book.

    I love the way that Purser always gives the books in this series a very English feel. The atmosphere is present on every page and in this one, it is extremely apparent that these characters are not in Kansas. From the way Ivy talks and expresses herself to the descriptions of the place and times, Purser knows exactly how to set her scene. 

    The mystery aspects of the book were written in a very concise and to the point method, much like Ivy herself. There were several suspects and motives and when it finally all winds down I think readers will be very surprised at how Ivy comes to her conclusions. The big reveal is definitely worth the build up. Purser does a great job of keeping the reader a little off kilter, so that they can't quite place who did it, until the end.

    What I didn't like:

    I missed all of the wedding hullabaloo from the last book and I wished that Roy had a played a bigger role in this mystery. I find him just as intriguing as Ivy, if not a little less abrasive. 

    Bottom Line:

    Ivy is back and better than ever. I enjoyed this one a lot and thought Purser was able to use the paranormal to add to the atmosphere of this book. New and old readers alike will love trying to figure out what Ivy will do next. A great addition to the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    I have enjoyed all of Ann Purser's books and look forward to new

    I have enjoyed all of Ann Purser's books and look forward to new ones coming out.  This book however was disappointing.  If it weren't for the endless cups of tea and multitude of biscuits, there would be very little plot.  And, so I don't spoil anything, how man times can events be averted?  Surely the bad luck should run out  soon as no one in this saga is getting any yoimger.

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